Deuteronomy 28: 2-12
Anyone who has been with me on this matter of prosperity and abundance may think I just get by. Far from it, I am quite comfortable. In fact my friends who know me sometimes feel I sound ungrateful.
Ingratitude in not what I feel towards God, at all. On the contrary, I feel a strong sense of gratitude when I see where He has brought me and my family from and compare it to where we are. I am grateful.
However I compare where we are to where God dreams for us and I see a huge gap. All my needs have been met since I got born again. When we got married we had to trust God for rent on our first apartment. It was such a big deal. Now we are trusting God to buy a home. It is still a need, but at another level.
For me, that is still the second level of God’s provision. (refer to Part 1) There is more. And it is for us, not the unbeliever. We have bought a lie that abundance is not for us. Because Jesus said it is easier for the elephant to get through the needle’s eye than for the rich man to enter the kingdom. So we even feel guilty when we desire prosperity. What we always leave out is that He also said, all things were possible with God.
So in this piece I bring to your notice yet another set of promises that God made to his people in wanting to bless them. Deuteronomy 28 is a chapter with blessings and cursings. The condition for getting the blessings was obedience to God. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: I believe we have obeyed the one command that covers all the others-accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Accept His perfect sacrifice for sin and receive God’s forgiveness. With that done, we are set to receive the blessings. In case you are reading this and have not obeyed Him in this regard, pause and invite Him into your life. He is the best thing that can ever happen to you.
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. You know being of Ibo Nigerian descent, I kind of relate to this one. We like to build lovely country homes and be seen as successful when we go to our villages. We want the success we have in the city to be obvious in the village. It looks like that is the same thought God has. Maybe God is Ibo.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. God wants us fruitful. He wants everything associated with us to be fruitful. Fruitful means to yield, to bring forth more. Being an agricultural society, God used animals, but if we translate it to our lives today, we would be talking about our jobs, our businesses, all that we get into expecting it to bring forth more. God says they will be blessed, empowered to reproduce themselves again and again.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. Is this really a blessing? But I began baking recently and just the smells from the oven gets everyone happy. So it is a blessing to have good food constantly coming out of your kitchen. Baking, I discovered is expensive. Eating healthy is expensive. Good fresh food is expensive. If you have an overflow, it costs a lot of money. It is a blessing.
8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. A barn is a storehouse. These days we don’t need barns but we have back accounts. We have investments. We have savings. They all amount to barns. He promises to send a blessing on all your work. Empower them to multiply. What more could we ask?
11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. He uses the words for emphasis, ‘abundant prosperity’. It’s an overflow in every area of your life. It could not get better.
12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. Whenever God makes us a promise, we tend to ask the how question. How will He do it? When He promises to bless us, He says He will open ‘the Storehouse of his bounty’, from where we know there is endless supply. Paul puts it like this in the New Testament, ‘according to His riches in glory’ (Philippians 4:19). He intends to bless us so much that we will be lenders and never borrowers. We will be seen as successful.
The most important question- why is God doing all this? Why does He want to bless us so much that the whole earth is talking about it? 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. I call it His end time Prosperity Plan. The world will see us prosper. They will recognize His power at work in us. They will marvel and fear our God. They will begin to take us seriously. Then He will take us away. It’s all in His plan.
I read this part of the Bible every once in a while. I constantly remind myself of this plan God has for us. That is the only way I can be a part of it. I believe it enough to constantly see myself in it. It is so real to me that it is just a matter of time. I look forward to it.
Yet another song brings it home to me. This time it’s Don Moen who sings
Lord You have been good to me. You have been gracious, You have been faithful meeting my needs. Lord it’s so plain to see, You have been good to me, I have been given so much I can’t even begin to thank You. Still I believe there is more, I believe there is more, I believe. And so I open my hands to receive all that Your love has in store. Lord I believe.
Like Don Moen, my heart tells me there is so much more and I open my hands to receive all that His love has in store. Please join me. Ck